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From Andrew Sullivan , via Billy, I see this charming video of a precocious 8-year old mouthing her parent's - or somebody's - platitudes about the virtues of athiesm, the vices of religion, and how what we really need is a world full of empathy and absent Republicans. I'll just say that whoever's behind this is... well, lets ask little Ricky Sherman.

Ricky is the son of a prominent atheist activist from Buffalo Grove, Illinois - just a few miles from where I grew up. Call it divine intervention if you will, but in the extended quote labled "Memory Lane" here, Ricky, in his tender innocence, inadvertantly nails it when asked what "we" are. "We" of course, being Ricky's father by himself, with the unwilling inclusion of a kid who just, unlike the little girl in the video, can't get the parroting quite right.

Please don't think I'm one of them. They're not really atheists - leftism is their religion. People who do this kind of thing to their kids could use a dose of that ol' time religion, right upside their heads. It's not the answer, but it would be an improvement.


I like to refer to this particular sort of fool as a God Fearing Atheist.

I think their problem is that while they are trying desperately to convince themselves that there is no God, deep down they're scared to death that they might be wrong. Their atheism does not arise from reason but from a juvenile emotional impulse to "be different."

Posted by Stephen Macklin at Monday, December 18, 2006 11:36 AM


That's an excellent point. I find that often, anyone protesting that vehemently, and that desperately, is trying to convince themselves more than anyone. And the impulse to be different, as usual, manifests in a blind following of what everybody else who wants to be different is doing.

Posted by kylben at Monday, December 18, 2006 11:55 PM

Unfortunately, I've seen morons on all sides. I remember being in Arkansas and seeing a parent coach a child in "Gospel". It was obvious that the child had no idea what the words meant and was just making the sounds. I had the suspicion that the adult didn't know what the words meant either.

Posted by LibertyBob at Wednesday, December 20, 2006 04:49 AM

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